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Ceremony in the German Bundestag on 9 November

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech at the ceremony in the German Bundestag in Berlin on 9 November 2018: "Anyone who despises human rights and democracy today, who rekindles old nationalist hatred, certainly has no historical right to the colours black, red and gold! The revolution of 1918/19 was the dawn of democracy, of a political experiment whose outcome was uncertain. We now know what a heavy burden the contemporaries who attempted democracy in the Reich and Länder had to bear back then."

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"Pogrom 1938" commemoration event

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech at at the "Pogrom 1938" commemoration event on 9 November in Berlin: "Anti-Semitism should have no place in our society, which puts protecting human dignity first. That applies to everyone living in this country. We’ve given our word: it’s enshrined in our constitution. And we will stand by that."

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Opening of the exhibition "Beckmann. Exile Figures"

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech at the opening of the exhibition "Beckmann. Exile Figures" in Madrid on 24 October: "This exhibition reminds us of Europe’s origins. And it reminds us to protect what we have achieved as regards the European peace project during decades of work. For many people, unfortunately, the most important benefit of this united Europe, namely 70 years of peace, is fading into the background or even being completely forgotten."

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State visit to Greece

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender payed a state visit to the Hellenic Republic from 10 to 12 October. The Federal President first visited the memorial site of the Chaidari National Socialist concentration camp. In Athens he was welcomed with military honours by President Pavlopoulos. Thereafter he had political talks inter alia with Prime Minister Tsipras and gave a speech at a ceremony where he is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens.

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